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    Torn between two choices

    Suppose you have the two good choices - pick up the red pen or the blue pen. You equally love both, but problem is you have the option to choose any one of them. I will say it this way - "I am torn between the red and blue one, and hence I'm unsure what to go for as I love the red one, and the blue one for that matter."
    Is this sentence fine? I have written this sentence. Please comment

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    Re: Torn between two choices

    You are correct in that "torn between" is fine.

    I would not use "hence" - it's usually considered a rather pretentious word. I actually used it the other day and my brother-in-law (good naturedly) teased me about it.

    Everything you wrote after "I am torn between the red and [the] blue one" is redundant - it's exactly what "torn between" means.

    I would use the article "the" before your second choice - it makes it clear that it's "the red one" and "the blue one" not "the red-and-blue one" and then you're wondering what the other choic is.

    I'm torn between the red one and the blue one. I love them both!
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: Torn between two choices

    What about the usage of "for that matter" here? Is it also fine?

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    Re: Torn between two choices

    It's not natural to include it. It's not "extra" information but the very reason you are torn between two choices.


    I love the red one, but I love the blue one too.
    I love the red one AND the blue one.

    You would use "for that matter" if you're adding something new, something extra.
    I love the green one too, for that matter, but they are out of stock.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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